Elizabethport Locomotive Shops

The 1901 Central Railroad of New Jersey shops at Elizabethport serviced Conrail freight, and passenger locomotives under contract to NJDOT, from the early days of Conrail until the turnover of all NJ commuter operations to NJ Transit on January 1, 1983.

During that time, Conrail's freight units, in both predecessor paint and CR blue, were seen at the shops alongside former CNJ GP40P's, EL U34CH's, and PC E-units with their evolving NJ Transit paint schemes.

CR 1003 Elizabethport, NJ 1980

1003 at Elizabethport, NJ in 1980 Photo by Tim Darnell

CR 1605 Elizabethport, NJ 8-17-1979

Surprisingly, a month old GP-15-1 1605 sits outside the Elizabethport locomotive shops with doors open in August, 1979.

CR 1608 Elizabethport, NJ 7-10-1981

CR GP-15-1 1608 at Elizabethport, NJ in July, 1981.

CR 4100 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-1981

CR-operated NJDOT GP40P 4100 (ex-CNJ 3671) rests inside the Elizabethport shops in July, 1981.

CR 4100 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-1981

CR-operated NJDOT GP40P 4100 (ex-CNJ 3671) receives service in the 80 year old CNJ locomotive shop at Elizabethport, NJ in July, 1981. 

The Conrail crew has added a small "Conrail Elizabeth Port Locomotive Shop" sign to indicate the new owners.

CR 4106 Elizabethport, NJ 2-28-1979

CR-operated NJDOT GP40P 4106 (ex-CNJ 3677) awaiting service at Elizabethport, NJ in February, 1979.

CR 4106 Elizabethport, NJ 2-28-1979

CR-operated NJDOT GP40P 4106 (ex-CNJ 3677) awaiting service at Elizabethport, NJ in February, 1979.

CR 4111 Elizabethport, NJ 7-10-1981

CR-operated NJDOT GP40P 4111 (ex-CNJ 3682) receiving service at Elizabethport shops in July, 1981.

CR 4163 Elizabethport, NJ 6-25-1977

CR-operated former EL U34CH 3363 (CR roster 4163) and a CR blue Alco RS receive service at the Elizabethport, NJ shops in June, 1977.

Following the 1983 transition of Conrail passenger operations from contract by NJDOT to operation by NJ Transit, the unit was renumbered to NJ Transit 4163.

CR 4163 Elizabethport, NJ 7-10-1977

CR-operated former EL U34CH 3363 (CR 4163) receives service at the Elizabethport, NJ shops in June, 1977.

CR 4167 Elizabethport, NJ 7-10-1981

CR-operated NJDOT U34CH 4167 (ex-EL 3367, refurbished by Conrail) rests outside the Elizabethport shops in July, 1981.

CR 4167 Elizabethport, NJ 7-10-1981

CR-operated NJDOT U34CH 4167 (ex-EL 3367, refurbished by Conrail) rests outside the Elizabethport shops in July, 1981.

CR 5377 Elizabethport, NJ 7-10-1977

Former CNJ RS-3 1547 (CR 5377) idles between a CR blue EMD switcher and ex-PC GP38 7785 outside the Elizabethport locomotive shops in July, 1977.

CR 5680 Elizabethport, NJ 8-17-1979

CR GP-7 (ex-CNJ 1522) in line for maintenance at Elizabethport in August, 1979.

CR 5902 Elizabethport, NJ 11-28-1978

Former CNJ GP-7 1524 (CR 5902) undergoing service outside the Elizabethport locomotive shops in November, 1978.

The November 1952-built GP-7 operated as part of CR's contracted commuter service with NJDOT. Repainted into NJDOT colors in 1978, the old EMD unit continued in CR-contracted commuter service until January 1, 1983 when NJ Transit took over passenger operations from CR. Coming under ownership of NJ Transit, the GP-7 served NJ commuters until retirement in 1993.

NJ Transit donated the GP-7 to the United Railroad Historical Society, and in 1996, the locomotve was repainted to original green and yellow CNJ livery by the Jersey Central RHS, Inc.

CR 5907 Elizabethport, NJ 11-18-1978

CR-operated NJDOT GP-7 5907 (ex-CNJ 1528) receives service at Elizabethport, NJ in November, 1978.

CR 6561 Elizabethport, NJ 2-28-1979

Former Selkirk-based ex-PC U33C 6561 rests outside the Elizabethport locomotive shops in February, 1979.

CR 6575 Elizabethport, NJ 8-17-1979

CR U33C 6575 (ex-EL 3312) rests outside the Elizabethport locomotive shops in August, 1979.

CR 6575 Elizabethport, NJ 8-17-1979

CR U33C (ex-EL 3312) and other blue units lined up behind the Elizabethport locomotive shop in August, 1979.

CR 6699 Elizabethport, NJ 7-10-1977

Last in the CR series 6667-6699, SDP-45 6699 (ex-EL 3668), with doors open, waits for maintenance behind the Elizabethport shops in July, 1977. 

A former PC GP40 rests behind the massive SDP45, while a pair of Alco switchers line the second row.

CR 7476 Elizabethport, NJ 11-18-1978

CR GP-9 7476 (ex-LV 300) in lines of power awaiting service outside the Elizabethport shops in November, 1978.

CR 7476 Elizabethport, NJ 11-18-1978

CR GP-9 7476 (ex-LV 300) and CR blue SW-1 8508 (ex-PC) in lines of power awaiting service outside the Elizabethport shops in November, 1978.

CR 7476 Elizabethport, NJ 11-18-1978

CR blue SW-1 8508 (ex-PC), GP-9 7476 (ex-LV 300), and ex-PC GP-38 7803 line up awaiting service outside the Elizabethport shops in November, 1978.

CR 7499 Elizabethport, NJ 2-28-1979

One of four ex-LV GP-18's inherited by Conrail, CR 7499 (ex-LV 305) rests outside the Elizabethport locomotive shops in February, 1979.

CR 7647 Elizabethport, NJ 2-28-1979

CR RS-11 7647 rests outside the Elizabethport locomotive shops in February, 1979.

CR 7803 Elizabethport, NJ 11-18-1978

Former PC GP-38 7803 outside the Elizabethport locomotive shops in November, 1978.

CR 8408 Elizabethport, NJ 2-28-1979

CR SW-1 8408 (ex-CNJ 1012) rests outside the Elizabethport locomotive shops in February, 1979. With the number lined out, the SW-1's operating days have ended.

CR 8693 Elizabethport, NJ 8-17-1979

CR SW-8 8693 (ex-EL 364) works outside the Elizabethport locomotive shops in August, 1979.

CR 8698 Elizabethport, NJ 2/18/79

A Conrail SW8 at the former CNJ Elizabethport Shops in 1979. Behind it is an NJDOT E8, a PC U33C, and two more engines. Note the partial paint job on the 8698.

CR 8871 Elizabethport, NJ 11-18-1978

With access doors open, CR SW7 8871 rests in a service line outside the Elizabethport shops in November, 1978.

CR 8932 Elizabethport, NJ 7-10-1977

LV SW-9 281 (CR 8932) rests outside the Elizabethport shops in July, 1977.

CR 8932 Elizabethport, NJ 7-10-1977

Still in LV livery, SW9 281 (CR 8932) works at Elizabethport in July, 1977 with RS-3 5389 (ex-CNJ 1564).

Just ahead, former PC GP35 2288 leads lines of power awaiting maintenance outside the Elizabethport shops. 

CR 8932 Elizabethport, NJ 7-10-1977

A veteran crewman guides former LV SW9 281 (CR 8932) and RS-3 5389 (ex-CNJ 1564) behind the Elizabethport shops in July, 1977.

CR 9215 Elizabethport, NJ 11-18-1978

CR NW-2 9215 (ex-EL 408) outside the Elizabethport locomotive shops in November, 1978.

CR 9215 Elizabethport, NJ 11-18-1978

CR NW-2 9215, with ex-EL 408 showing through, rests outside the Elizabethport locomotive shops in November, 1978.

CR 9215 Elizabethport, NJ 11-18-1978

CR NW-2 9215 (ex-EL 408) outside the Elizabethport locomotive shops in November, 1978.

CR 9236, Elizabethport, NJ 7-10-1981

Looking worn from many years of service, CR NW-2 9236 (ex-EL 442) rests outside the Elizabethport shops in July, 1981.

CR 9947 Elizabethport, NJ 2-28-1979

CR RS-3M 9947 rests outside the Elizabethport locomotive shops in February, 1979.

CR 9947 Elizabethport, NJ 2-28-1979

CR RS-3M 9947 rests outside the Elizabethport locomotive shops in February, 1979.

CR 9947 Elizabethport, NJ 2-28-1979

Lined up with a CR blue NW-2, RS-3M 9947 rests outside the Elizabethport locomotive shops in February, 1979.

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